Bored of Classic White Bathroom Basins? Try These Alternatives
Be creative in your washspace by choosing a basin that's different from the usual white design
Inky blue upper walls and a minimal white lower wall provide a smart, plain backdrop in this washspace. The designer has added interest with other materials, such as the wicker storage baskets, the round mirror and the marble surface top – and the marble basin gives the space an added boost of texture. Its lighter shade helps it stand out against the grey marble vanity top and tie in with the bright white wall behind.
The owners of this bathroom have been brilliantly bold with colour, choosing two shades that don’t often appear in a washspace. A glossy herringbone pattern of emerald tiles surrounds a gorgeous pink basin, with a slightly iridescent surface. The sink is a standout feature in the room, but it looks right at home next to the complementary green hue. And a vintage dark wood vanity unit provides a warm bridge between the two colours.
It’s a white sink, but not as we know it. The designers of this quirky washspace have shown just how creative you can be with some unassuming white, square tiles. Not only have they made the tiles appear to bend around the walls and floor, they’ve also tiled the whole surface of the sink.
By aligning the joins on the wall and the basin, they’ve created an almost cartoon-like effect of a protruding wall. The monochrome scheme looks deceptively simple, but in fact the design is extremely clever.
For some artisan character in your bathroom, go for a patterned ceramic basin like this one. The pretty blue design has been hand painted and brings a vintage feel to the washspace.
Add to the look by repurposing a vintage console for the vanity – here, the open shelves provide space to display more crafty ornaments, plants and storage items.
There’s something nautical about this bathroom, with its porthole window and small cabin-like dimensions. And the choice of wood for the wash basin and stand-in bath also resembles the materials you’d find on a boat.
The wooden wall-hung sink gives a warm, cosy feel to the washspace and works with the floor, panelling and window frames. If you’re going for a wooden sink, make sure the surface has been fully protected to make it waterproof and hire a professional to fit it correctly with no potential for water to seep into the wood.
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Bring some luxurious finishes to an all-white bathroom by choosing basins with a metallic surface. These round versions in a deep bronze hue add a glimmering dimension to the minimal space, and look stunning layered on top of the dark wood vanity shelf.
If you’re choosing a sink that contrasts with the rest of the sanitaryware in your bathroom, create balance with cohesive surfaces. Here, the wood below the sinks ties in with the dark wood floor beneath the bath.
Matt black surfaces are popular in homes at the moment, and they’re also appearing on sinks. These two round basins are a perfect addition to this bold, contemporary bathroom and work well with the fittings and hairpin legs on the vanity unit.
To make sure your black sink doesn’t look too heavy in the space, keep the rest of the room simple and streamlined.
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Fancy a raw, industrial look? Go for a sink made of solid cast concrete. Here, the chunky concrete sink blends into the microcement walls behind – creating one cohesive, water-resistant surface. Concrete has a soft, undulating texture but to prevent it from looking too brutal, make sure you include other elements elsewhere in the room. The brass fittings, plants and wooden sideboard here add a warm feel to the space.
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